Fun at the Ford!
- By Cynthia Lum
- Photos Courtesy of Ford Theatres
The Ford Theatres Grand Opening on July 15th promises to be another special evening at this bucolic, newly remodeled, Los Angeles treasure. Famed tap dancer, choreographer and actor Savion Glover will kick off the Ford Theatres’ celebratory 2017 summer season in style. The Tony Award winning tap legend’s rhythmic genius will be accompanied by the exciting Dance Candy band and his renowned dance ensemble featuring Marshall Davis, Jr., Robyn Watson and Karissa Royster. Combining his own dance style which he dubbed “free style hard core” with song, melody, and percussion, this acoustic virtuoso is sure to kick up the party a notch with this dynamic and uplifting evening centered on a message of hope.
Tickets start at $55. Those craving a bit the star treatment consider attending the Gala, which includes valet parking, preshow reception on the Ford’s new picnic terrace and post-performance dessert and coffee with Savion and the artists.
Interim Executive Director, Olga Garay-English, says, “This new series, IGNITE @ the FORD! brings the freshest and most inspiring artists to LA to share their work with us.” On Sunday July 16th, the dynamic trio of Latino/Chicano comedians, Culture Clash will present a post-Independence Dayshow. Due to heavy winter storms, and renovation at the Ford, this celebration is taking place on the“alternative fact independence day” or July 16th. Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas, and Herbert Siguenza,who have been making smart political comedy since 1984, will turn their satirical gaze on the events of this past year, with a celebration bash that Montoya calls Desmadre. He says, “Desmadre means chaos, crash, mayhem! That’s how we feel with this new administration. So we wanted to ask, for the 4th of July, how could we create our own Desmadre in response?’ Joining the comedy trio, will be, legendary Latin R&B band Tierra, Chicana punk rocker Alice Bag and her band, trio La Victoria and standup comedians Rudy Moreno, Emilio Rivera and Sandra Valls, with a special appearance by Pacifico Dance Company.
Enter the fantasy world of Scheherazade and the heroes of Arabian folklore when Bellydance Evolution takes the stage on Friday July 21st with Fantasm – Odyssey of Dreams. Follow Sinbad on his voyages across imaginative world as more than 20 dancers pull from a variety of Middle Eastern and contemporary folkloric dance styles to bring these mythical characters to life. Set to an original score by Paul Dinletir, the creative staging and spectacular array of handmade costumes will treat audiences to a dazzling and unforgettable evening.
The third event in the Ford Theatres IGNITE @ the FORD! Series is Yitzhak Rabin: Chronicle of anAssassination on Sunday July 23rd. In 1995, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, the architect of the Oslo Accords, was assassinated. Acclaimed Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai blends the world of Rabin’s widow, Leah, with live music and projections as a theatrical counterpoint to his 2015 investigative film, Rabin, the Last Day. Seated at either end of a table, two actresses (Einat Weizman and Sarah Adler) read from Leah’s memoirs. Together the travel back through time to explore the violence that let to Rabin’s assassination, traumatizing a country and sending shockwaves around the world.
There will be dancing in the aisles when Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz band close out July on the 29th with his fiery stew of straight ahead jazz, gritty soul music, and infectious melodies and rhythms. The Grammy Award-winning conguero, Latin jazz band leader and salsa singer was raised on a cross section of sounds that have contributed to the hot and spicy mix of grooves that have made him one of the most loved and influential musicians in the Latin Jazz world. This concert and Bellydance Evolution are part of the Artist’s Partnership Series.
IGNITE will continue in August and through the fall with more eclectic and exciting performances, concluding on October 14th with Bang on a Can All-Stars: Road Trip. Celebrating 30 years of adventurous music making, Bang on a Can founders, Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe return to the collaborative spirit of the group’s origins with an all-new collection of inventive songs. Road Trip is a tribute to journeys – physical, emotional and spiritual – and the people who make them.
These are just a few highlights of the Ford season, for complete listing of this years exceptional lineup please visit: www.fordtheatres.org.